Monthly Archives: July 2007

Mapping "The Philadelphia Negro"

Mapping the DuBois Philadelphia Negro is a recent project housed at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and aimed at recreating the survey W.E.B. Du Bois conducted in 1896 that served as the basis for his 1899 classic, The Philadelphia Negro. Data will be mapped and analyzed using GIS and spatial statistical methods and used as the basis to addressing the following questions:

  • How did DuBois’s research methods reflect and influence developments in the social sciences and social survey movement?
  • What was the basis for his class grades?
  • What was the nature of residential segregation in 1896 by race, ethnicity, and migration status?
  • What happened to the Black residents and Black institutions of the 7th Ward during the 20th Century?
  • How did housing conditions in Philadelphia compare with housing conditions in New York and other cities?

W.E.B. DuBois 1996: The Philadelphia Negro. A Social Study. With an introduction by Elijah Anderson (U Penn Press)
W.E.B. DuBois: 1899: The Philadelphia Negro. A Social Study (Google Books)
See also: Philadelphia Ward Map and the Philadelphia 7th Ward (pdf)